Manchester United have reportedly joined the race for Sporting midfielder Manuel Ugarte.

Following so many stories from the Portuguese media in the past few days linking several Premier League clubs, it’s time for the Red Devils to get a mention.

That rumour comes from newspaper A Bola (via Notícias ao Minuto), claiming Manchester United ‘decisively’ joined the battle.

The Red Devils are said to be ‘willing to make a large investment’ to sign the 22-year-old this summer.

It’s claimed that in order to convince Ugarte, Manchester United presented great ‘financial arguments’, with a long and big contract for him.

The advantage Erik ten Hag’s side is said to have is the competitions they’ll be playing. Unlike Chelsea, they’ll be in the Champions League next year, and by also featuring in the Premier League, that’s a blow over Paris Saint Germain.

Earlier today, we saw a piece from Record saying the Stamford Bridge side are struggling to offer Ugarte a good salary, having put only €2m per season on the table. With A Bola claiming Manchester United’s financial offer is good, perhaps that’s another argument the Red Devils have.

The midfielder is protected by a €60m release clause, with both Chelsea and PSG willing to pay it, so Manchester United must match those numbers too.